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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-22-2006, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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10 gallon disaster finding the right balance

My 10 gallon is a mess and I need some advice. I'm gonna start by listing all my equipment.

1. 10 gallon aquarium
2. Hagen mini filter (hob)
3. 40 watt Current PC light ( duel daylight bulb).
4. DIY co2 w/Hagen Ladder
5. Fourite substrate
6. Ferts all Seachem Excel, Potassium, Iron, Trace.

Plants: Java fern, and moss, foxtail, rotila indica, and crispus.

As of now I'm not using co2 or the ferts and my light is on 5 hours a day. I'm not using the co2 because I dont know how to use the ferts. I dont know if I have all the ferts I need and I dont want to waste the one I have. My light is on 5 hours a day because I'm trying to stop algae.

My java moss is a mess it has some sort of crusty looking algae on it. My java fern has some weird stuff growing on it kinda looks like spikes comming out of the leaves. My foxtail has lost all of its bottom leaves. The crispus and rotila look ok.

What should I do to turn this tank around?

I've kinda let the tank go because I'm waiting till I can get more fetrs before I start co2. My local fish store said I need to add Seachem Flourish and Nigtrogen to my collection. I've also been waiting till I can get a water test kit.

Do I need all these ferts?

Should I wait till get all the ferts and test kit?. Or is it possible make due what I have?.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-22-2006, 11:55 PM
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start your co2 asap.

IME, you dont need all the ferts. i ran 3 x 15watt bulbs over a 10 gallon with flourite and high co2 (2 x 2L DIY). my plants grew like wildfire and i had no algae at all. i added no ferts at all but i did do frequent water changes (tap water contains lots of nutrients for plants too).
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Cool thx for the help, how frequently should I change my water?
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A 50% weekly water change is good.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 04:27 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thx as of tomarrow I'm gonna kick my lights up to 10 hours, and add co2, I'll also do 50% weekly water changes.

Should the algae on the moss clear up? and anymore sugestions?
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agreed. Most planted tanks are limited by carbon first... not ferts as in P, K, N, Fe. I'm not saying you aren't limited by the others, but C is the most common. Start the CO2. You probably wont need to use the Excel, as it's a carbon source as well. I can't imagine you'd need to use both for a 10gal. Regular Flourish and Potassium will be the main ferts for your setup. Assuming your plan listing is complete, you don't have any major iron users, and probably dose it sparingly. Flourish Nitrogen will be dosed based on your nitrate level. I keep mine around 40ppm, but I have a very heavily planted 125gal tank.

Also, what fish do you have in there? Two or three otocinclus will certainly help the algae issue.
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